30km (19 miles) NE of Trapani, 75km (47 miles) SW of Palermo.
The main reason to visit Segesta is to see a single amazing temple in a lonely field, the Tempio di Segesta. For some visitors, that's reason enough because it's one of the best-preserved ancient Doric temples in all of Italy, but the temple's rural setting also means that it's a pretty spot, and its grayish stone changes hue with the light. The temple is part of the ruined ancient city of Segesta, and close by lies an ancient Greek amphitheater on top of Monte Barbaro (431m/1,414 ft.). The theater was hewn out of the rock and has a view stretching toward the surrounding hills and sea at the Gulf of Castellamare. The trip to Segesta takes about an hour from Palermo; it's a good place to stop for half a day en route to Trapani.